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L.A. Times Festival of Books at USC

The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, one of Southern California’s most cherished and engaging weekend celebrations, kicks off its 16th storied year in a new home on USC’s University Park campus April 30 and May 1, 2011.

Harris Hall - Wong Cenference Center

Saturday April 30 & Sunday May 1

Government and Civic Engagement (Booth 736)

USC Government and Civic Engagement will present “Connecting Literature to Life,” based on our community partner program funded by USC Neighborhood Outreach. Booth activities will include appearances by authors involved in the Literature to Life program, book giveaways and signings.

Government and Civic Engagement also will sponsor entertainment by two USC Family of Schools bands on Sunday. The Foshay High School Jazz Ensemble will perform at the USC Stage from 10 to 10:45 a.m., and the Bravo High School Latin Jazz Band will perform at the Etc. Stage from 11 a.m. to noon.

Saturday, April 30

11:00am-1:00pm

Author Ryan Lederer

Fourteen-year-old author Ryan Lederer will sign and give away copies of his 2007 book, The Adventures of Captain Candy, which he wrote when he was only 10 years old. He will inspire young children to believe in themselves as writers and to use writing as a tool for telling their own creative stories.

1:30pm-3:30pm

Author Jervey Tervalon

USC lecturer Jervey Tervalon, author of Understand This and Los Angeles Times best sellers All the Trouble You Need and Dead Above Ground, will be on hand to visit with booth attendees and to sign and give away copies of his book Living for the City. An award-winning poet, screenwriter and dramatist, Tervalon was born in New Orleans, raised in Los Angeles and now lives in Altadena, Calif.

2:30pm-4:00pm

Author Laurie Ochoa

Laurie Ochoa, former editor of the LA Weekly and current editor of Slake: Los Angeles, will be on hand to sign copies of Slake and to visit with people at the booth. Slake: Los Angeles is a new quarterly magazine filled with essays, poetry, photography, short fiction, reported stories and more.

Sunday, May 1

1:00pm-2:00pm

Author Ryan Lederer

Fourteen-year-old author Ryan Lederer will sign and give away copies of his 2007 book, The Adventures of Captain Candy, which he wrote when he was only 10 years old. He will inspire young children to believe in themselves as writers and to use writing as a tool for telling their own creative stories.

2:00pm-3:00pm

Author Jervey Tervalon

USC lecturer Jervey Tervalon, author of Understand This and Los Angeles Times best sellers All the Trouble You Need and Dead Above Ground, will be on hand to visit with booth attendees and to sign and give away copies of his book Living for the City. An award-winning poet, screenwriter and dramatist, Tervalon was born in New Orleans, raised in Los Angeles and now lives in Altadena, Calif.

3:00pm-4:30pm

Author Susan Straight

Best-selling author Susan Straight, who wrote her first short story at age 16, will sign and give away copies of her book Highwire Moon, which was a finalist for the National Book Award in 2001.

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